Batch Window

When you first open Compressor, the Batch window appears. The Batch window allows you to import source media files for compressing, add settings and destinations, name the batch, and choose where you want to save it. The Batch window is where you place all source media files in preparation for transcoding.

Note: Generally the Batch window is always showing. If you close it, it will reopen when you create a new batch (File > New Batch) or open an existing batch (File > Open).

You can use the Compressor menu bar or the toolbar at the top of the Batch window to open all other windows. (If the toolbar isn’t visible when you open Compressor, click the button in the upper-right corner of the Batch window to open it.)

Figure. Batch window.

In addition to the Compressor toolbar and the Submit button, the Batch window contains the tabs for the open batches and an area for showing and configuring a batch’s jobs. For information about adding source media files to a batch, see Adding Source Media Files to a Batch to Create Jobs. For information on working with jobs and targets, see Finalizing Jobs and Submitting Batches.

Customizing the Toolbar

The Batch window contains a toolbar that you can customize to better fit your needs.

Note: If the toolbar isn’t visible when you open Compressor, click the button in the upper-right corner of the Batch window to open it.

To customize the Batch window toolbar
  1. Do one of the following to open the toolbar customization palette:

    • Choose View > Customize Toolbar.

    • Control-click in the toolbar and choose Customize Toolbar from the shortcut menu.

    • Click the Customize icon in the toolbar (if present).

      The toolbar palette opens.

      Figure. Toolbar palette.
  2. To customize the toolbar, do any of the following.

    • To remove items currently in the toolbar: Drag them off.
    • To add items to the toolbar: Drag them from the toolbar palette to the toolbar, placing them where you want them to appear.
    • To rearrange items in the toolbar: Drag them from their current location to a new location.
    • To restore the toolbar to its default configuration: Drag the default set (located on the bottom of the palette) to the toolbar.
    • To configure how items show in the toolbar: Choose a setting from the Show pop-up menu.

      You can choose to show the icon and text, the icon only, or the text only.

  3. Click Done when you have finished.

    Note: The toolbar configuration is saved as part of a layout. See Creating and Managing Compressor Layouts for more information about layouts.

It is possible to add more items to the toolbar than there is room for. When that happens, the right edge of the toolbar shows a double arrow that you can click to get access to the icons that do not fit.

Figure. Toolbar palette showing double arrow for revealing additional items.

About the Toolbar Items

Most of the items you can add to the toolbar can be added only once. There are a few that can be added multiple times, such as the separator, the space, and the flexible space.

  • New Batch: Creates a new untitled batch.
  • Open Batch: Opens a dialog for you to locate and select a saved batch to open.
  • Close: Closes the currently selected batch.

    Note: You cannot close a batch if it is the only one open.

  • Add File: Opens a dialog for you to locate and select one or more source media files to import into the current batch.
  • Add Surround Sound: Opens the audio file assignment dialog that you can use to manually assign files to each audio channel in a surround sound configuration.
  • Submit with Previous Settings: Submits the batch by using the settings used by previous batch submissions, bypassing the submission dialog.
  • History: Opens the History window.
  • Inspector: Opens the Inspector window.
  • Settings: Opens the Settings tab.
  • Destinations: Opens the Destinations tab.
  • Preview: Opens the Preview window.
  • Batch Monitor: Opens the Batch Monitor application.
  • Separator: Adds a vertical line to the toolbar, allowing you to group items together.
  • Space: Adds a fixed-width space to the toolbar.
  • Flexible Space: Adds a flexible-width space to the toolbar. The space makes it possible to force items to the left and right edges of the toolbar, with it expanding to fill any unused area.
  • Customize: Opens the toolbar customization palette.